Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Eat soup to lose weight

Great tip for feeling fuller on less calories: start your meal with a thick low-cal soup.  The article below explains. (I got myself an immersion blender, which makes great pureed soups with minimum effort)

The Weird Reason You Should Eat More Soup

And why it sometimes has an edge over solid food

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January 2, 2017 Posted by | diet, health | , | Leave a comment

Your environment can help you lose weight

“Food cues. They make you eat more.” — Hedy Kober, Yale University

Removing temptations (sight or smell) from your environment can go a long way to achieve your diet goals.  You can’t do it everywhere, but where you can, such as your home or office desk, it’s an easy way to regulate your hedonic reward system and avoid unwanted calories. Details on how it works:

Why You Can’t Resist the Office Doughnuts

By Tamar Haspel | October 06, 2016 | Discover

To lose that extra weight, think less about food and more about environment.

October 20, 2016 Posted by | diet, health | , | Leave a comment

Mind over matter: psychology over calorie-counting

Interesting idea of how to lose weight relatively effortlessly without counting calories (warning: you still have to watch what you eat) by letting your own body dictate how much you eat.

Seems pretty sensible and worth a try.

The hunger mood

Hunger isn’t in your stomach or your blood-sugar levels. It’s in your mind – and that’s where we need to shape up

by Michael Graziano | Edited by Ed Lake  | 18 January, 2016 | Aeon

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January 22, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, diet, health, psychology | , , , | 1 Comment

Counting calories? Don’t bother

More and more evidence that it is not the number of calories we eat that is important to keep us healthy, but the kind of foods we eat.  Read the article on Time’s site in order to watch the corresponding video.

You Asked: Should I Count Calories?

Markham Heid | Oct. 14, 2015 | Time Magazine

Even if you could do it accurately—and you really can’t—counting calories is unhelpful for weight loss and disease prevention.

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October 20, 2015 Posted by | diet, health | , , | Leave a comment

Processed Food Makes You Fatter

Although the article below focuses on calorie labeling, I thought the most important point it makes is how processing of any kind increases calories available to our bodies.

Why Most Calorie Counts Are Wrong

By Richard Wrangham and Rachel Carmody, Harvard University | January 5, 2015 | Discover magazine

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September 12, 2015 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss”

You cannot always believe what the newspapers write.  Or what scientific journals write.

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.

John Bohannon | 5/27/15 | io9.com

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May 31, 2015 Posted by | nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

Try focusing on enjoying your food while you are eating it, and then remember the experience before you start eating something else.  No guarantees, but preliminary studies show it works. From BBC Future:

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

David Robson | 22 January 2015 | BBC Future
There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.

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February 14, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, diet, health | , , , | 1 Comment